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May 2018
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CCRPC Calendar of Events

All events held at the CCRPC unless otherwise noted. 


JUNE

6/5, 9:00am: CCRPC Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting

6/5, 11:00am: CCRPC Clean Water Advisory Committee Meeting

6/5, 12:30pm: CCRPC MS-4 Sub-Committee Meeting

6/6, 5:45pm: CCRPC Executive Committee Meeting

6/6, 6:00pm: Burlington Amtrak Overnight Storage Study Public Meeting (Burlington DPW, 645 Pine Street)

6/12, 9:00am: Local Emergency Planning Committee Meeting

6/20, 5:00pm: CCRPC & GBIC Joint Annual Meeting (ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, 1 College Street, Burlington)
 
 
Around the County: Photo of the Month
   Lilac Season in Chittenden County

Photo by Lee Krohn

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Traffic Alerts

Sign up for the CCRPC's weekly Traffic Alert email -- your source for all roadway and construction work in Chittenden County during the 2018 season!

 
CCRPC 
Representatives

Bolton: Sharon Murray

Buel's Gore: Garret Mott

Burlington: Andy Montroll

Charlotte: Jim Donovan

Colchester: Jeffrey Bartley

Essex: Jeff Carr

Essex Junction: Dan Kerin

Hinesburg: Andrea Morgante

Huntington: Barbara Elliott

Jericho: Catherine McMains

Milton: Tony Micklus

Richmond: Bard Hill

Shelburne: John Zicconi

South Burlington: Chris Shaw

St. George: Jeff Pillsbury

Underhill: Brian Bigelow

Westford: Dave Tilton

Williston: Chris Roy, Chair

Winooski: Michael O'Brien, Vice Chair

For more information, including Commission agendas and minutes, schedule and resources, click here.
 
CCRPC  Staff

Charlie Baker, Executive Director

Dan Albrecht, Senior Planner

Pam Brangan, GISP, GIS Data & IT Manager

Jason Charest, PE, Senior Transportation Planning Engineer

Eleni Churchill, Transportation Program Manager

Forest Cohen, Senior Business Manager

Bryan Davis, AICP, Senior Transportation Planner

Marshall Distel, Transportation Planner

Chris Dubin, Transportation Planner

Bernie Ferenc, Transportation Business Manager

Christine Forde, AICP, Senior Transportation Planner

Peter Keating, Senior Transportation Planner

Lee Krohn, AICP, Senior Planner

Regina Mahony, AICP, Planning Program Manager

Melanie Needle, Senior Planner

Emily Nosse-Leirer, Planner

Sai Sarepalli, PE, Transportation Planning Engineer

Michelle Thibault, Finance Assistant

Emma Vaughn, Communications Manager

For bios and contact information, click here.
 
Good morning,
 
On May 16th, the CCRPC Board voted to adopt the FY19 Annual Work Plan (UPWP) and Budget, setting out our work for the year ahead. This year's UPWP includes many projects throughout our region that will advance efforts in the areas of transportation, land use, energy, water quality, and more. Some significant projects planned for FY19 include but are not limited to:
  • Continued support for municipal enhanced energy plans;
  • Transportation and water quality support for municipalities to comply with the Municipal Roads General Permit;
  • Elderly and Disabled Transit Services Review with GMT, United Way, and VTrans;
  • Winooski and Huntington Municipal Plan support;
  • Transportation demand management support for initiatives with regional partners: GMT, Local Motion, CarShareVT, CATMA, Way to Go, and Neighbor Rides;
  • I-89 Interstate and Interchange Study to evaluate future needs between Exits 12 and 16;
  • Brownfields assessment assistance for municipalities and private citizens;
  • Winooski Avenue Corridor Study to develop multimodal transportation improvement strategies to address safety, capacity, and connectivity for all modes;
  • Other transportation studies for improved safety, intersections, and bicycle and pedestrian enhancements.
To learn more about any of the projects above, and to view our current or past UPWPs in full, please visit our Annual Work Plan, Budget & Finances webpage.
 
Enjoy the warmer temperatures!
 
Best regards,

Charlie Baker
Executive Director, CCRPC
 
Of Note
CCRPC Board Adopts FY19 Annual Work Plan (UPWP) & Budget
On May 16, the CCRPC Board voted to adopt the FY19 UPWP and Budget, effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. Learn More »
CCRPC Red Cross Blood Drive: June 21
The CCRPC will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, June 21 from 10:00am-3:00pm at its offices at 110 West Canal Street, Winooski. To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-733-2767.
 
Transportation
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Winooski Weaver Street Pop-Up Project: June 1-10
Between June 1st-10th, the City of Winooski Department of Public Works will install a temporary two-way protected bike lane and other traffic calming improvements along Weaver Street (from Tigan St. to West Allen St.) in partnership with Local Motion, the CCRPC, and VHB. The goal of the interactive pop-up project is to provide all users with the opportunity to experience a safer and more inclusive travel route which may help the City consider multimodal solutions for Weaver Street.  Learn More »
CCRPC's Seasonal Traffic Alert Program is Back for the 2018 Construction Season
The CCRPC provides a weekly Traffic Alert email service, the source for all roadway and construction work in Chittenden County. Learn More & Sign Up »
Local Motion Bike Ferry Will Not Run During 2018 Biking Season
The bike ferry that carries cyclists to and from South Hero won't operate this year due to storm damage to the Colchester causeway. On May 4th, severe storms caused significant damage to the bike path that extends on a former rail line into Lake Champlain.  A major reconstruction project is being assessed, and as a result, Local Motion will indefinitely postpone ferry service this year.  
Winooski River Bridge Project Update
The CCRPC, in partnership with Cities of Winooski and Burlington, and VTrans, have undertaken a study for the US RTs 2/7 bridge over the Winooski River. The purpose of the project is to improve safety for all users while maintaining structural integrity and continuity of this vital link between the two cities. B ackground information and recent updates can also be found at the
Way to Go! School Challenge Winner Celebration
About 9,000 students, faculty and staff participated in last fall's Way to Go! School Challenge from 48 schools across the state. There was a 23% increase in school participation from 2016. Hartland Elementary was one of the schools that met the 50% participation criteria to be eligible to win an All Earth Renewable Solar Tracker, and celebrated their big win on May 22nd .  
Transportation Project News & Updates
For a full list of transportation projects, visit the CCRPC Transportation Advisory Committee website; a full project list is provided in every TAC agenda and is updated regularly. View the latest TAC agenda »
 
Economy
Implementing ECOS Strategy 1
CCRPC Receives Two 2018 Brownfields Grants
The  CCRPC  was selected for two brownfields assessment grants for work in Burlington and Winooski. A $200,000 community-wide hazardous substances grant will be used to conduct four "Phase I" and five "Phase II" environmental site assessments, prepare two archaeological assessment reports, and conduct cleanup planning activities at six sites. A $100,000 community-wide petroleum grant will be used to conduct two "Phase I" and at least two "Phase II" environmental site assessments, prepare one archaeological assessment report, and conduct cleanup planning activities at two sites. Grant funds of both types will be used to conduct community outreach activitiesLearn More »
Chittenden County Brownfields Program Accepting Applications
If you own or wish to develop a property that is contaminated or suspected to be contaminated, please apply. To get started, read the information on different types of assistance and fill out and send us a site nomination/assistance request form.  Learn More »
 
Energy & Natural Resources
Implementing ECOS Strategies 3 & 4
Energy Resource Fair & Town Meeting: June 9
Join U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders to discuss how you can make your home, business, or town more efficient and to determine what renewable energy makes most sense for you. Join dozens of presenters and co-sponsoring exhibitors to learn everything from financing options to the latest energy technologies.  Learn More »
Burlington 2030 District Launches
The Burlington 2030 District, a private/public partnership that supports ongoing local efforts to mitigate climate change, officially launched this month. The Burlington District is working to reduce building energy consumption, water use and transportation emissions 50% by 2030.  Learn More »
 
Quality of Place
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Historic Preservation & Downtown Conference: June 8
Join the Preservation Trust of Vermont for its annual Historic Preservation & Downtown Conference in Bristol, VT.  Learn More »
Announcing the 2018 Downtown and Village Center Tax Credits
In 2018, $2,400,000 in state income tax credits are available to projects that enhance the historic character and improve building safety of older and historic commercial and community buildings in these designated communities. The credits support general rehabilitation work, code compliance work, data and network wiring, and exterior improvements, and may be combined with the federal program. Applications for the next round of tax credits are due Monday July 2, 2018.  Learn More »
2017 ECOS Annual Report: The State of Chittenden County
In an effort to track progress made on all goals in the Chittenden County ECOS Regional Plan, the ECOS Partnership monitors 90+ indicators over the year and compiles the ECOS Annual Report: The State of Chittenden County, a summary that highlights a number of regional trends and accomplishments.  The 2017 Annual Report is the fifth edition. For the third year in a row, highlighted trends and data are displayed visually in an infographic.  Learn More »
 
Emergency Preparedness
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Funding Announcement: 2018 Nonprofit Security Grant Program - Applications Due May 30
The Vermont Homeland Security Unit within the Vermont Department of Public Safety is seeking applications for funding to support physical security enhancements.  Learn More »
 
Social Community
Implementing ECOS Strategies 5, 6 & 8
Chittenden County Opioid Alliance Hiring Part-Time Communications & Administrative Coordinator - Applications Due June 1
Learn more about the job specifications and how to apply here.
United Way of Northwestern Vermont Emerging Leaders Kickoff Event: June 13
Emerging Leaders United connects diverse young professionals through service and leadership. Together, they are building a community dedicated to creating meaningful impact.  Learn More » 
VT State Police Seek Community Feedback for Fair & Impartial Policing Initiative
The Vermont State Police, as part of its ongoing commitment to serve all Vermonters, especially marginalized communities, is asking for feedback and opinions from the public as part of the agency's Fair and Impartial Policing Initiative. The survey should take approximately five minutes and is open until June 15.  Learn More »
 
If you have any questions, feedback, or suggested content for upcoming issues, please contact Emma Vaughn, Communications Manager: evaughn@ccrpcvt.org or (802) 846-4490 x *21.